Thursday, September 29, 2011

More Than a Match

I read this passage this morning and found it to be written for me. I'm afraid I've been in the camp of those seeking the convenient road; but, by God's grace, I want to be wholly in His ranks...

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17.

Soldiers engaged in battle have to meet difficulties and hardships. Coarse food is given them, and that often in limited quantities. They have long marches, day by day, over rough roads and under burning suns, camping out at night, sleeping on the bare ground, with only the canopy of heaven for a covering, exposed to drenching rains and chilling frosts, hungry, faint, exhausted, now standing as a target for the foe, now in deadly encounter. Thus they learn what hardship means. Those who enlist in Christ’s army are also expected to do difficult work, and to bear painful trials patiently for Christ’s sake. But those who suffer with Him shall also reign with Him.
Then who of us have entered the service to expect the conveniences of life, to be off duty when we please, laying aside the soldier’s armor and putting on the civilian’s dress, sleeping at the post of duty, and so exposing the cause of God to reproach? The ease-loving ones will not practice self-denial and patient endurance; and when men are wanted to make mighty strokes for God, these are not ready to answer, “Here am I; send me.” Hard and trying work has to be done, but blessed are those who are ready to do it when their names are called. God will not reward men and women in the next world for seeking to be comfortable in this.

We are now on the battlefield. There is no time for resting, no time for ease, no time for selfish indulgence. After gaining one advantage, you must do battle again; you must go on conquering and to conquer, gathering fresh strength for fresh struggles. Every victory gained gives an increase of courage, faith, and determination. Through divine strength you will prove more than a match for your enemies.— The Signs of the Times, September 7, 1891.

Lord, do whatever it takes to make me thine, a true soldier of the cross...

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Worth More Than Gold or Silver

The only safe-guard for children and youth, is the love and fear of God. Let them choose for their companions those who give evidence that they will encourage good purposes, orderly habits, and uprightness of character. Let them choose for companions those who practise the Bible truth, and walk according to the light that shines upon their pathway.  {SD 162.5} 

So thankful for our ten-year friendship with Cami and Cayce...We have so much in common (Cami/Ash & Cayce/Me). We don't actually remember the time we met; possibly our first time attending WAFCM. What I love about our friendship is that we can go a year without seeing each other and pick up right where we left off when reunited. We enjoy so much just simply being together. I thank the Lord for bringing us together; it's so special.


A strong, helpful grasp of the hand of a true friend is worth more than gold and silver. SD

And now...

 The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.  ~Elisabeth Foley

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Who Wants to be Miss-able?

I heard a sermon a few years ago by a man who's family was leaving our church as a result of moving to another state. He gave the sermon on their last Sabbath at our church, and it was about miss-able people. Here is the list he gave of the characteristics of these people.

Miss-able People are:

  1. Unselfish
  2. Helpful
  3. Positive/Cheerful
  4. Encouraging
  5. Generous
  6. Agreeable
  7. Dependable
  8. Patient
  9. Tactful
  10. Godly

Several areas come to mind in which there could be improvement in my life. I'd like to be miss-able; wouldn't you?